Uncle Clem’s vase indicates the outcomes of Cecilia and Robbie’s love, considering they break the vase the day they discover their love for each other, signifying their love would not be forever. Moreover, it is later revealed that the mended vase had “simply come away” in Betty’s hand (pg. 279), foreshadowing their death revealed by Briony in the epilogue of the novel. The vase also symbolises the lost love between the Tallis family whose strong relationships were shattered, just like to the vase. Cecilia wanted to “comfort her sister” as ”it would have suited her better,” but Briony began to develop complex emotions that Cecilia could no longer comprehend (pg. 44). The cracks in the family begin to show just like the “three fine meandering lines” of the vase (pg. 43) when it was revealed that Jack Tallis was having an affair.
For instance, when Mathilde replaces the necklace she goes from the middle class to the poorest of the poor. Instead of being the richest as she had always desired, “Madame Loisel came to know the ghastly life of abject poverty” (7). Mathilde feels that she should have the finest gown and jewels of anyone, but she is only made poorer when her dream comes true for a night. She lost her beauty and her youth as result of her losing a necklace. Another example of situational irony in “The Necklace” is when Mathilde finds out the necklace she had borrowed was fake.
But when she goes home, she finds out that she has lost the necklace. She tells her friend that they have to fix something on the necklace. But instead Loisel and her husband borrow money from loan sharks and buy an exact replica of it. After they give the necklace back, they have to work off the extreme amount of debt. They work 10+ years of labor and finally have worked off the value of the necklace.
As Myrtle discusses her relationship with Mr. Wilson, she went “crazy when [she] married [Mr. Wilson]. He borrowed somebody’s best suit to get married in” (35). Myrtle’s serious tone reveal how “crazy” she values status and wealth. Myrtle’s serious tone demonstrates how disappointed she was when she found out Mr. Wilson was part of the lower class. Fitzgerald shows how one’s American dream of becoming the wealthy class cannot be achieved due to greed.
In the story, A Pair of Tickets, Suyuan, was not happy because she couldn’t relocate her twins from China while Jing-Mei is denying her Chinese heritage and becoming Americanized. After her death, Jing-Mie at age 30 was struggling to reconnect with her roots and had many questions about her identity. Luckily, she relocated her lost twins sisters and finally discovered her identity; Chinese. Nevertheless, the little girl in the story Volar wants to fit in the society where she was different and having difficulty fitting in. However, she was becoming someone else in a dream abandoning her old identity.
During her youth, Daisy fell in love with Gatsby, but ended the relationship with him after World War 1 because of Gatsby’s financial situation which he was poor. So instead she ended up marrying Tom, who was very wealthy and would be able to provide Daisy a luxurious lifestyle. But Gatsby truly believed in his heart that Daisy would leave Tom now that Gatsby is wealthy. When Gatsby implied, “ She never loved you, do you hear?… She only married you because I was poor and she was tired of waiting for me.
Mathilda, a woman that thinks she should be rich and fancy, But she is not. She borrows jewelry and loses it. She pays thousands of francs to replace a necklace that is not even real. she wanted to be rich and now she is the poorest of the poor. In “The Ransom of Red Chief” by O.Henry the kidnappers take a child.
For example, Daisy is mainly attracted to Gatsby says she loved them both at different times (whoever had money at that time). “She never loved you, do you hear? She only married you because I was poor and she was tired of waiting for me”daisy was most attracted to gatsby when he shows off his wealth to her- like the parties and giving her a tour of his house.
Throughout a normal human life one is bound to make a selfish decision or two. In the short story “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant, Madame Loisel borrows a expensive necklace from her friend only to lose it and spend years of her life repaying the debt. In “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst, Doodle and his brother spend many months trying to help Doodle walk and be more like the normal kids, but end up making a major mistake. Both “The Necklace” and “The Scarlet Ibis” show that being selfish can lead to unforeseen and negative consequences. “The Necklace” begins with Madame Loisel depressed with her low class in life.
Francie is heartbroken after finding out that her lover, Lee Rhynor, returned back to his home after war and had married another girl, despite his previous confession of love for Francie. This betrayal causes Francie to lose the last of her innocence, as she was “a girl who had come face to face with some of the evil of the world and most of its hardships, and yet had remained curiously untouched by the world” (463). Francie was six years younger than Lee, and though she was “tremendously innocent” and impressionable during their brief time together, she was deeply in love with him. She snaps back into reality, knowing that those who she truly loves have the ability to break her heart and deceive her, as Lee had done when pretending to be in
In both books Bound by Donna Jo Napoli and A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park the main characters Salva and Xing Xing have doubts about father figures in their lives. In Salva’s circumstance, his Uncle, halfway through their journey, tells Salva that he will not stay with him. Salva realizes he will no longer have any biological family with him anymore. He feels betrayed and is lonely for a while after his Uncle’s decision. Shortly thereafter, Uncle is brutally shot and murdered leaving him is alone again.
In the novel All Quiet on the Western Front there are many good examples of comradeship. Comradeship should have been and is a major part of this story. Think about it, fighting day and night for your life isn’t an easy task to do alone. Friends and acquaintances are going to come in real handy when in war. Remarque does a very good job implying this theme.
The Story of the Stone and The Death of Ivan Ilyich both present rigidly organized social settings. Jia Baoyu struggles against his role as a first son in a society informed primarily by Confucian academia while Ivan Ilyich seeks to better his position in the Tsarist bureaucracy. These characters react very differently to their respective societies but, regardless of their willingness or ability to exist within these social structures, the obligations and expectations put upon them by social convention causes them equal unhappiness. Social obligation is tied to a few key themes in both works: family roles, personal relationships, sympathy, attachment and death. Both play with the idea of the "reality" of social construction and the release